Monday, May 12, 2008

happy birthday kate

i think this is from the best scene in guess who's coming to dinner when spencer tracy's character talks about why he loves katharine hepburn's character. simply the most romantic thing ever.

this is from the writer's almanac today:

It's the birthday of actress Katharine Hepburn, born in Hartford, Connecticut (1907). She became a Hollywood star by not doing anything that Hollywood stars were supposed to do. Her looks were unconventional: she had red hair and freckles and sharp cheekbones. She didn't wear make-up or dresses, she didn't cooperate with the media, and she had a habit of insulting other people in the business. She played smart, sexy, independent women who were always able to get the guy in the end.

She won her first Oscar for her role in Morning Glory (1933). After that she hand-picked each of her movies, and she often had a say in who the other actors in the movie would be. Sometimes she rewrote her own lines, something almost no other actress would have dared to do at the time.

In 1991, Hepburn published her autobiography, titled Me, and it was a best-seller. She wrote about her twenty-seven-year affair with Spencer Tracy, her career, and life in her brownstone in the middle of Manhattan, where she lived for more than sixty years.

Katharine Hepburn said, "If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."
more quotes:
Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.
-- Katharine Hepburn

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
-- Katharine Hepburn
Not much meat on her, but what's there is choice.
-- Spencer Tracy, about Katharine Hepburn
As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move. –Katharine Hepburn
Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.Katharine Hepburn
Plain women know more about men than beautiful women.Katharine Hepburn
My fave Kate movies are Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Philadelphia Story, Lion in Winter and African Queen.

1 comment:

Kristin.... said...

I think there's something to be said for those who go against convention. I am NOT one of those people; I tend to conform to those ideals that people have set for me so as to not disappoint. It's not always in my best interest.